Increasing Demand For Technical Writers Ensures Above Average Pay

March 13th, 2014 by

There are probably millions of people around the world who dream of becoming the next Ernest Hemingway or William Shakespeare. Unfortunately, the reality is that only the best of the best ever manage to make a full-time career in this very competitive field.  Luckily, there are other options for those who love writing. One of them is a career as a technical writer. The job of a technical writer is to translate difficult-to-understand technical language into laymen’s terms so that people who are not technically inclined can understand it.

Technical writers, sometimes also referred to as technical communicators, create journal articles, instruction manuals and similar supporting documents to communicate complicated technical information in an easily understandable format. They also gather, develop and disseminate technical data among designers, customers and manufacturers.

The daily job of a technical writer usually consists of creating how-to manuals, operating instructions, FAQ pages, assembly instructions and similar documents for consumers, staff members and other users within an industry or a specific company.

After the release of a particular product, technical writers might also cooperate with customer service managers and product liability experts to improve the experience of end users through changes in product design.

Technical writers often also work with scientists, computer hardware engineers, software developers and computer support specialists to control the flow of data among project workgroups during product testing and development. These writers are therefore expected to have the ability to grasp complicated information and communicate this information to individuals with a diverse array of professional backgrounds.

Technical writers also often apply their product knowledge while working on a team whose purpose it is to conduct feasibility studies during the prototype stage of new product development.  They conduct research through discussions with technical experts and also by using the Internet, books on the subject and personal observation.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary of a technical writer was $65,500 per year in 2012, which is around $31.49 per hour. There were 49,500 technical writers in the US. in 2012, and the BLS projects that 7,400 new jobs will be created in the industry between 2012 and 2022. This represents a growth rate of 15 percent, which is higher than the average for all jobs.

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About the Author:

Sandy Davis

Sandy Davis is a long-time educator who holds a Master’s Degree in Education, having taught English, writing, and communication on the secondary and college levels. With ten years of experience in blogging, social media and content management, she is a freelance writer and content marketing specialist for a diverse range of clients.

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